Help Us Plan & Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial

We are pleased to announce plans to hold a special fun-filled event to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial and the new François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The day-long celebration will take place at the fountain site, located between I-35 and M-210 Highway, just north of Parvin Road in Kansas City.

This is an early announcement and an invitation for your group or organization to be a part of the 200th Anniversary celebration of Missouri’s admission to the United States. We are now working on the preliminary activity plans and would appreciate your input.

Currently in the works are stage performances by KC Molière 400, musical presentations by high school bands, presentation of the flags, and recognition of Missouri’s 200th Anniversary by prominent dignitaries. Participants may also witness the unveiling of the fountain’s fourth bronze sculpture, Native American dances, period fiddler and banjo players, fur trapping re-enactors, Native American and frontier art tents. Additional activities may include horse-drawn wagon rides, food trucks, and youth activities if the pandemic is under control.

Depending on interest among local historical groups, we could set up tents to feature their displays. We also will have a silent auction tent with the proceeds going to the City of Fountains Foundation for future maintenance of the fountain site.

The celebration is being supported by the City of Kansas City, KCMO Parks & Recreation Dept., NNI, Missouri’s Bicentennial Committee, and – we are hoping – by groups and organizations like yours. We will need a lot of volunteers to help with various tasks.

For further information and questions, please contact Keith Nelson.